So, here’s the trailer for Wonderful World, a film I’d never heard of until, well, until I saw this trailer. It’s about a divorced, misanthropic malcontent who’s frustrated with people and the world around him, taking what little pleasure he can in his chess games with his Senegalese roommate. One day, his roommate becomes sick, and his sister arrives from Senegal to care for him. Of course, he falls for the girl, learns to love life, and blah blah blah. It’s the kind of relentlessly schmaltzy, triumph-of-the-human-spirit, friendship-and-love-conquers-all crap plot that I like to roll my eyes at and complain about.
Except, of course, that I’m completely full of shit. It’s also a fairly captivating trailer, with an absolutely stellar cast, and the movie looks positively lovely. Matthew Broderick plays the main character, Ben, and Michael K. Williams plays Ibu, his friend and roommate. Williams is, of course, none other than Omar of “The Wire” fame, which is more than enough reason to see the film, and I’m always in the mood for Broderick — I just caught his episode of “30 Rock” for the first time and remembered once again how much I love the guy. Although it’s a little disconcerting to see Williams in a softer, more sentimental role. Ibu’s sister, Khadi, is played by Sanaa Lathan, who does not get nearly enough good roles — the last thing I saw her in was the abysmal Alien vs. Predator that Paul W.S. Anderson managed to completely botch.
In any event, it’s good to see Williams getting different parts — he’s a stellar actor and I’d like to see him eventually be recognized on his own, and not just as Omar. It’s written and helmed by first-time director Joshua Goldin (who is apparently a good friend of Broderick’s), best known to-date for writing the screenplay to Sam Raimi’s Darkman of all things. It’s been bopping around film festivals all year, and will finally be released in January of 2010.
In any event, I am unable to resist its rampaging charm.